Why learn Arabic?
Besides the usual reasons why one should know foreign langguages, we would like to add 5 more reasons why Arabic is an excellent choice as a foreign language.
- Arabic is the fifth biggest language spoken worldwide. It is the official language in more than 20 countries and about 300 million people speak it. The countries that speak Arabic are located mostly in the Middle East, the Arabic peninsula and North Africa. However, Arabic is also spoken by many minority groups round the world. It is among the official languages of the UN, the Arabic League, the Organization for the Islamic Cooperation and the African Union.
- Arabic is the functional language of Islam and also of the Holy Qur’an. Due to this fact, though Arabic is the mother language of the Arabs, many foreigners speak Arabic and it is understood by most Muslims in the world, even at a basic level.
- In the western world, people that speak Arabic are on high demand but low availability. A significantly small number of employees speak Arabic in western companies. The important role of the Middle East in world foreign affairs has made evident the lack of western employees that are familiar with the Arabic language and culture.So, whoever learns the Arabic language could be employed potentially in the media, industries, education, banking and finance corporates, translation and interpretation etc. The fact that only 1% (12.000) of FBI agents in the US knows some Arabic, including those who speak only a handful of words, is indicative of the low availability of employees that know this language.
- There are many financial incentives to learn Arabic. The US has dubbed Arabic as a language of strategic significance. The “National Security Language Initiative” in the US, which was founded in 2006, encourages learning Arabic (among other “critical-need” languages) by American citizens by providing financial incentives.It supports financially students to learn Arabic from elementary to advanced level, offers courses to study abroad, encourages the exchange of teaching staff between countries and promotes professional development.
- The arabic countries are progressively establishing themselves as a developing market. The initiative to make them part of world finance opens up many business opportunities. The arabic world – its population develops rapidly – becomes a vast market in exports and services.
|A1 & A2||4 hours/week (*40 weeks)||Total 160 teaching hours|
|B1 & B2||4 hours/week (*40 weeks)||Total 160 teaching hours|
|C1 & C2||5 hours/week (*40 weeks)||Total 200 teaching hours|